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René Farwig

Full name: René Federico Farwig Guillen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: September 30, 1935 in Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Country: BOL Bolivia
Sport: Alpine Skiing

Related Olympians: Uncle of Billy Farwig.

Biography

René Farwig was the first Winter Olympian from Bolivia, competing at the 1956 Winter Olympics. In 1955 Farwig had competed at the Festival of Youth and Students in Zakopane, Poland, where he met a Polish team chaplain, Karol Wojtyla, and they became close friends. Farwig later settled in Banff, Alberta, Canada where he worked at various ski resorts and also indulged in his hobby of painting. In the 1980s Farwig supported other Bolivian skiers and helped them to compete at the Winter Olympics. In 1978, Karol Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II and when he made an official visit to Canada in 1984, Wojtyla and Farwig met in Edmonton,had dinner and renewed their old friendship.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Giant Slalom Bolivia BOL 75T
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Men's Slalom Bolivia BOL AC DQ

Men's Giant Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Bolivia Final Standings 75T 4:15.0

Men's Slalom

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Bolivia Final Standings AC DQ
1956 Winter 20 Cortina d'Ampezzo Alpine Skiing Bolivia Run 1 AC DQ
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